Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting at USC Pacific Asia Museum

December 29, 2014
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Guang Zhang

When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was drawn to the USC Pacific Asia Museum by my good friend, the previous instructor of the Traditional Chinese Brush Painting class. Both the excellent collection as well as the emphasis on community education of Asian arts resonated with me. I was honored to take over instruction of the class more than 20 years ago and have been teaching here ever since. The Traditional Chinese Brush Painting class teaches a broad selection of Chinese art over the millennium, from landscapes to flora and fauna. I have always meant for it as a both in-depth instruction on the various brushwork techniques, and cultural immersion into the context in which the works were created and their implications for society. Starting with my demonstrating select, well-known paintings, followed by students practicing and one-on-one edits of their work, the goal is always to enable the students – whether beginners or experienced – to bring their framed works back to their friends and family to share.

I’m very excited last year to have started a new class on Chinese calligraphy due to popular demand. While an integral part of Chinese painting, it’s really an art in itself, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going in-depth on the techniques and cultural context of popular Chinese characters and phrases with the students.

It’s been an absolute pleasure teaching these classes and getting to know the students, some of whom have been here even longer than I have. My favorite moments are always the one-on-one time with students on their own works, and I do hope to share more of those moments with more people. Please join us on Jan 10, 2015 as our new sessions begin.

–David

Guang Zhang (David) was educated at the Shanghai Art Academy and the Brera Academy in Milan, Italy. He is a Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Art Academy and began his career as an Editor at the Shanghai People’s Fine Arts Publishing House. His works have been published broadly in over 30 collections and exhibited in the US, China, Japan, Italy and Denmark, among others.


April 23 – April 27 USC Pacific Asia Museum

April 23, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

Inagaki Nenjiro Pagoda: Yasaka Japan, 1976 Woodblock print on paper Gift of an Anonymous Donor 2006.4.3

Friday, April 25, is FREE FOURTH FRIDAY so admission is free for everyone all day.


OPENING FRIDAY, APRIL 25
A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century
This week at the museum, we are putting the finishing touches on the upcoming exhibition opening April 25. A New Way Forward: Japanese Hanga of the 20th Century presents examples of shin hanga and sosaku hanga side-by-side to highlight their shared aspects as well as their distinguishing characteristics.


FUSION FRIDAYS RETURN MAY 16!!
Fusion Fridays at the museum take art + entertainment to a new level by keeping the museum doors open late and bringing together guest DJs spinning in the courtyard, a cash bar featuring Angel City Brewery beers, prizes, and L.A.’s best food trucks in the museum’s adjacent parking lot, with special performances and activities each evening. The 2014 season of Fusion Fridays begins May 16, and continues on  June 20, July 18 and August 15 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Each evening is free for museum members and $15 for nonmembers.

  • May 16 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A night of dragon dancing and salsa lessons kicks off the season to highlight the exhibition The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. The YoroKobi photo booth will be onsite, plus Don Chow and India Jones food trucks.

Tickets can be purchased at fusionfridays2014.eventbrite.com 


ONGOING  EVENTS (With the exception of the Museum Tour, all events have additional fees. For details, call Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 0. or visit our website) 

Yoga Thursdays • 12:30 – 1:30 pm $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners welcome!

Tai Chi. Saturdays • 8 – 9:30 am $10 per class; free to first time students. Beginners welcome!

Chinese Calligraphy Saturdays • 8:45 – 9:45 am Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting.

Chinese Brush Painting Saturdays • 10 am – Noon Come in for a free observation of this six-week series class. $120 per person.

Museum Tour Saturdays • 1 – 1:30 pm Docent-led tour looks at the highlights of the museum’s collection.

Haiku Third Saturday of the month • 2 pm

Hawaiian Music and More Sundays 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs in this 12-week series class open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele and those under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. $160 members, $180 non-members.


March 26 – 30 USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 25, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu

March is going out like a lion at USC Pacific Asia Museum! This last week is filled with exhibitions and events to satisfy everyone.

FREE FOURTH FRIDAY AND

A NEW EXHIBITION OPENING AND

AN ARTIST’S TALK!

I Am Writing You: Penny Hes Yassour Friday, March 28

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Penny Hes Yassour, I Am Writing You Tomorrow (installation at Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan, 2011, Mixed media of elastic, soft materials. Courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition introduces Israel-based multimedia artist Penny Hes Yassour whose work pays homage to Chinese ink painting and calligraphy through polymorphous networks formed by the artist’s spontaneous hand gestures. Her work, embedded with unreadable words, explores the boundaries between word and image and challenges viewers to consider how meaning is constructed and conveyed in visual art. The vertically hung installation, with continuous shifting shadows, also evokes landscape, exploring the complex cultural issues of geography and our perception of topography.

ARTIST’S TALK
Sat. March 29 at 2 pm 

I Am Writing You Tomorrow artist Penny Hes Yassour will speak about her work and lead a guided walk through the exhibition. A light reception will follow, sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities. Free for members, included with museum admission for non-members. Space is limited, RSVP to (626) 449-2742 ext. 31.

 

LAST WEEKEND:
Exhibition Closes Sunday, March 30Chinese Gallery
Focus on the Subject:
The Art of the Harari Collection 

Colonel Ralph Andrew Harari, OBE, collected art from across a range of cultures, time periods and media, reflecting his broad tastes and inveterate curiosity. These collections included metalwork from the Islamic world, European paintings and drawings, and Japanese art among others. The focus of this exhibition is Harari’s collection of Japanese paintings and drawings from the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods, a large portion of which was purchased in 1984 as a gift to Pacific Asia Museum by a consortium of benefactors.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL SUNDAY, MARCH 30

Noon – 4 pm Admission is free!

Explore calligraphy and the art of words at USC Pacific Asia Museum’s Free Family Festival! Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on crafts and artist demonstrations in the beautiful courtyard garden – everything from traditional Chinese calligraphy to contemporary graffiti – plus fun storytelling performances, a scavenger hunt in the galleries and special exhibitions I Am Writing You Tomorrow and The Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America. Free fun for all ages!

 


ONGOING  EVENTS (With the exception of the Museum Tour, all events have additional fees. For details, call Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 0. or visit our website) 

Yoga Thursdays • 12:30 – 1:30 pm $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners welcome!

Tai Chi. Saturdays • 8 – 9:30 am $10 per class; free to first time students. Beginners welcome!

Chinese Calligraphy Saturdays • 8:45 – 9:45 am Come in for a free observation of the class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting.

Chinese Brush Painting Saturdays • 10 am – Noon Come in for a free observation of the class. $120 per person.

Museum Tour Saturdays • 1 – 1:30 pm Docent-led tour looks at the highlights of the museum’s collection.

Haiku Third Saturday of the month • 2 pm

Hawaiian Music and More Sundays 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs. This class is taught in a 12-week series and is open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. $160 members, $180 non-members.


Feb. 19 – 23 USC Pacific Asia Museum

February 10, 2014

For a full listing of exhibitions and events, go to www.pacificasiamuseum.org.

ralli.ueRalli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan Closes March 2 This exhibition features quilts made by women in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan, western India, and surrounding areas. The exhibition expands the concept of ‘contemporary art’ by looking at their form, color and pattern rather than their use.
Related Program February 22 • 2 pm Curatorial Tour Get the inside story when curatorial staff lead a special tour of Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan

SONY DSCThe Other Side: Chinese and Mexican Immigration to America presents a collection of visual narratives about the Chinese and Mexican immigrant experiences.
Related Programs
March 8 • 2 pm Join guest curator Chip Tom for a closer look at these poignant and engaging works.

JUSONY DSCST FOR MEMBERS
February 22 through March 2
During these special sale days, USC Pacific Asia museum members receive 20 percent off all regular-priced merchandise in the museum store. Join now and come shopping!

HAWAIIAN MUSIC AND MORE IS BACK!
Sunday • Feb. 23 • 10:30 am – Noon Learn how to play the ukulele or guitar and sing traditional songs with Charles Kiaha and Ilima Lei Russell. This class is taught in a 12-week series and is open to musicians of all levels. Students must provide their own guitar or ukulele. Students under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Pre-register at the museum front desk or by calling Visitor Services at (626) 449-2742 ext. 10. $160 members, $180 non-members.

ONGOING  EVENTS
THURSDAYS 12:30-1:30 p.m. Yoga  Designed with a lunch-hour audience in mind, instructor Jill Zepezauer’s Hatha Yoga is uniquely accessible. $10 per class or buy a series and save. Beginners always welcome.

SATURDAYS
8-9:30 am Tai Chi  Held in the peaceful surroundings of the museum’s courtyard. $10. Beginners always welcome.
8:45-9:45 am Chinese Calligraphy  New six-week series began Feb. 15. Come in for a free observation of the class. $80 per person, $50 if also enrolled in Chinese Brush Painting. Call 626.449.2742 ext. 19 for details.18 yrs. and older suggested.
10 am-Noon Chinese Brush Painting Class  New six-week series began Feb. 15. Come in for a free observation of the class. $120 per person. Call 626.449.2742 ext. 19 for details. 18 yrs. and older suggested. See New Class Series above.
1 pm Weekly Tour  Our Highlights Tour gives a great overview of USC Pacific Asia Museum. Join our docents for this 30-minute  tour of our galleries. Free with paid admission.
2 pm Haiku  Third Saturday of every month. 18 yrs. and older.